It is a people of indigenous origin with an existence of more than 1000 years, attested by the remote materials found in the subsoil of some sites. In the lands of the Hacienda Roma, and in the Sayulapa River, there are petroglyphs that have not yet been studied and that are possibly evidence of the Chorotega groups that inhabited the area.

Another pre-Hispanic element is the Cueva del Duende, which is three meters high and five meters wide. According to legend, this cave served as a refuge for the natives during the rains and it is also said in the oral memory of the settlers, that it served as a room for the goblins, dwarf men dressed in green.

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It is believed that the province of Nagarote was the first to suffer the great depopulation that followed the conquest, because it was very close and available to the residents of León. The province was fertile thanks to volcanic ash, while the lake provided them with water and fish.

Artistic manifestations of the town of Nagarote

The dance of Los Diablos de Nagarote, It is the greatest artistic expression of the municipality. It is made up of a group of dancers that were organized approximately 50 years ago, and that was started by the young Pedro Solís, Mercedes López (El Chulo qepd), and Agustín Montes.

This dance is presented on July 25 in honor of his patron Santiago Apóstol (who accompanies him throughout his journey). It is characterized by its improvised couplets, its music is performed by a philharmonic band and its movement is circular. The Devils do not get to be more than six or 10 members, their costumes are colorful and they wear sieve masks.

Nagarote, also has painters, sculptors and those who work in the art of embossing; They paint and sculpt landscapes of the municipality and other themes of cultural and social interest, most of them are self-taught.

Orality, collective memory of peoples

It is said that back in 1924, Don José López lost his team of oxen and spent a long time without finding them.One day a stranger appeared to him riding a white horse, told him to follow him and took him to where his oxen were, whenever he wanted. thank him the stranger was gone. Since then and for many years until his death, Don José López served Santiaguito as Butler of his festivities.

One day an old man came to pay a promise to Santiaguito with corn, the father refused to open the church for him and the next day, the saint had a pile of bills in his hands and the sack of corn on his feet. Since then and for many years the Fiesta del Maíz or Fiesta Chiquita has been celebrated in September.

Grandparents say that a man named Niel Grown bought Don Benito Gallo a beautiful white horse that Santiaguito rode every July 25. The lord sold it to him with the promise that he would always lend it to the saint. The following year Mr. Niel did not want to lend it and the horse that was healthy suddenly fell dead.

Crafts, expression of popular culture

In Nagarote, clay crafts are made, including small-scale objects for home decoration made by hand (figurines in the shape of animals, dolls), wooden furniture, metallurgical items such as gates, doors, chairs, dining rooms and corner pieces. saddlery, is another of the traditional trades where they make packs and necklaces for car, baquetón, baquetilla, covers for machetes and for pocket knives.

Crafts are aspects of interest to highlight. Here they make fine pieces of high quality: woven and embroidered towels, tablecloths, bedding; floral decorations, and piñatas.

The tannery is another important craft in Nagarote. It is the process in which cow hides are prepared and converted into leather for the realization of various products such as shoes, bags and saddles.

Characters relevant to the history of Nagarote

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Traditional crafts from Nagarote.

General Tomás Martínez Guerrero: born in Nagarote on March 12, 1820, after his relevant action in the National War in 1856, against the filibusters of William Walker. With the country in a total state of bankruptcy, he assumes the presidency of the republic for the conservatives, characterizing himself as a progressive president.

Rene Shick Gutierrez: Son of a Nagarotean mother named Angélica Gutiérrez, widow of Shick, he was president of Nicaragua with a good success due to the countless works of progress in the country.

Dr. Octavio Guerrero Aguilar: MP and writer. He wrote a book entitled "Tales of daily living."

Noel Guerrero Aguilar: He was mayor for two terms and did many works of progress, such as parks and installed public lighting. It was who requested that the legendary tree El Genízaro be declared a National Monument.

Silvio Mayorga Delgado: Founding member of the FSLN whose revolutionary feat is known through modern Nicaraguan history.

Jose Lopez: Life steward of the Santiaguito festivities.

Socorrito Munguía Madriz, Hilda, Rosa and Carmela Reyes Rueda and Mrs. Juana Dalila Lara Mercado, creators and innovators of the current and famous recipe for the delicious Nagarote cheeses.


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